Jo Whiteland Batiks

Vibrant original batik paintings and giclee limited prints, cards, with some designs are used for textiles for lampshades, cushions & more recently beeswax wraps.

I discovered my passion for batik whilst working with artists in Kota Baharu on the east coast of Malaysia in 1991. On returning to the UK I moved to Bristol and have continued to develop my own style of batik, repeating motifs to give the works life, depth and a sense of movement. The natural world provides an unlimited source of inspiration – my love of wildlife is reflected in my work.  My father was a keen birdwatcher & fisherman, so as a child  this is where I learnt much about and a love for birds and British wildlife.

I work on white cotton lawn fabric using traditional wax pens & brushes to apply wax and painting on dyes to build up layers to give depth and colour. A final dip in the dye bath creates  the characteristic crackled effect.

I also produce etched glass to commission using wax as a resist before sandblasting and more recently have moved into textile design using a range of my images to produce fabric for handmade lampshades and cushions.